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Each college basketball season brings with it players who are putting up big stats – some expected, others not. When this season began, who would have thought that Luke Maye would do the things he has done? On the other hand, we fully expected Joel Berry to rocket his way up the Carolina record books; and he has not disappointed.

With North Carolina’s regular season and conference tournament finished, this is a great moment to examine the new dents made in the UNC career record book during the 2017-2018 season. This is also the perfect time to consider what might happen over the course of the next three weeks.

In the following space, we will look at five different Carolina upperclassmen (Joel Berry, Theo Pinson, Luke Maye, Kenny Williams, and Cameron Johnson) and the major statistical categories in which they have reached (or might still possibly reach) the top 50 in either career or single season numbers.

With the possibility of six NCAA Tournament games ahead, I’ve shown the probable numbers for each of those six games. In each instance, I use a player’s 2017-2018 season averages to extrapolate out what stats are most likely to occur in each game if the given player sticks close to his season average. Obviously, actual numbers are likely to vary. Beside each set of stats I indicate when a player will move up the UNC record list.

In instances of non-whole numbers, I chose not to round up or down and just use the whole number. So both 131.1 and 131.8 would be treated as 131.

Before we dive into the nitty-gritty of each player, here are some highlights:

  • Joel Berry is already top 15 in several career categories: points, assists, three-point field goals, free throw percentage, and needs five steals to be top 15 in that category as well.
  • Berry is second in two statistical categories – one career and one single season. For his career, Berry has made 262 three-point field goals (262) and only Marcus Paige has more (299). He also currently has the second-highest single season free throw percentage (88.8 percent) behind only Shammond Williams (91.1 percent).
  • Should Carolina advance to the Final Four, Berry will likely become just the second Tar Heel to ever make 100+ three-pointers in a single season (Justin Jackson is the other).
  • Luke Maye is currently 10th in career field goal percentage (42.3 perentage).
  • Should Carolina advance to the Final Four, Maye will likely become just the second Tar Heel to ever grab 400+ rebounds in a single season (Brice Johnson is the other).
  • Cameron Johnson, in his first year as a Tar Heel, is the only player to shoot to the top of the Carolina record books in a statistical category in 2017-2018. He has hit 50 of 58 free throws, good for 86.2 percent, tops all-time for a career (minimum 50 made free throws).

Without further adieu, here is the full list:

Joel Berry (Senior)

  • Career Records
    • Career Points
      • Current – 1778 (#14)
      • 2017-2018 Average – 17.1 PPG
      • 1 Game – 1795 (#13) – passes Michael Jordan
      • 2 Games – 1812 (#13)
      • 3 Games – 1829 (#13)
      • 4 Games – 1846 (#11) – passes Bob Lewis & Marcus Paige
      • 5 Games – 1863 (T-#10) – ties Walter Davis
      • 6 Games – 1880 (#10) – passes Walter Davis
    • Career Assists
      • Current – 446 (T-#13)
      • 2017-2018 Average – 3.3 APG
      • 1 Game – 449.3
      • 2 Games – 452.6
      • 3 Games – 455.9
      • 4 Games – 459.2
      • 5 Games – 462.5
      • 6 Games – 465.8
      • Will pass Matt Doherty for 13th, but next is Steve Hale with 503, so won’t climb to 12th
    • Career Three-Point Field Goals
      • Current – 262 (#2)
      • 2017-2018 Average – 2.6 3FG/G
      • 1 Game – 264.6
      • 2 Games – 267.2
      • 3 Games – 269.8
      • 4 Games – 272.4
      • 5 Games – 275
      • 6 Games – 277.6
      • Won’t catch Marcus Paige for 1st (299), but can strengthen his lead on 2nd. Shammond Williams is 3rd with 233.
    • Career Free Throw Percentage
      • Current – 83.0% (328-395) (#13)
      • Going 10-10 – 83.5% (338-405) (#9)
    • Career Points Per Game
      • Current – 12.5 (#46)
    • Career Three-Point Field Goal Percentage
      • Current – 37.1% (#37)
    • Career Steals
      • 2017-2018 Average – 1.1 SPG
      • Current – 160 (#17)
      • 1 Game – 161.1
      • 2 Games – 162.2
      • 3 Games – 163.3 (T-#16 Phil Ford)
      • 4 Games – 164.4 (T-#15 Steve Hale)
      • 5 Games – 165.5 (#15 – passes Steve Hale)
      • 6 Games – 166.6
      • Michael Jordan is #14 (169)
    • Single Season Records (2017-2018)
      • Single Season Points
        • Current – 582 (#46)
        • 2017-2018 Average – 17.1 PPG
        • 1 Game – 599.1 (T-#37 Rashad McCants 2003-04)
        • 2 Games – 616.2 (#29)
        • 3 Games – 633.3 (#24)
        • 4 Games – 650.4 (#20)
        • 5 Games – 667.5 (#19)
        • 6 Games – 684.6 (#16)
      • Single Season Three-Point Field Goals
        • Current – 89 (#4)
        • 2017-2018 Average – 2.6 3FG/G
        • 1 Game – 91.6
        • 2 Games – 94.2 (T-#3 Marcus Paige 2014-15)
        • 3 Games – 96.8 (#2 passes Paige & Shammond Williams 96-97)
        • 4 Games – 99.4
        • 5 Games – 102
        • 6 Games – 104.6
        • Justin Jackson (2016-17) is #1 with 105.
      • Single Season Free Throw Percentage
        • Current – 88.8% (103-116) (#2)
        • Would have to make 31 in a row to pass Shammond Williams for #1
        • Jeff Lebo is #3 at 87.8%

Theo Pinson (Senior)

  • Career Records
    • Career Rebounds
      • Current –519 (#48)
      • 2017-2018 Average – 6.4 RPG
      • 1 Game – 525.4
      • 2 Games – 531.8
      • 3 Games – 538.2
      • 4 Games – 544.6 (#47 – Passes Marcus Ginyard)
      • 5 Games – 551 (#44 – Passes Tommy LaGarde, Isaiah Hicks, David Noel)
      • 6 Games – 557.4 (#43 – Passes Dennis Wuycik)
    • Career Assists
      • Current –398 (#18)
      • 2017-2018 Average – 4.8 APG
      • 1 Game – 402.8 (#17 – passes Shammond Williams)
      • 2 Games – 407.6
      • 3 Games – 412.4 (#16 – passes Walter Davis)
      • 4 Games – 417.2
      • 5 Games – 422
      • 6 Games – 426.8
      • Jeff McInnis (#15) next at 435
    • Career Three-Point Field Goals
      • Current – 46 (#48)
      • 2017-2018 Average – 0.3 3FG/G
      • 1 Game – 46.3
      • 2 Games – 46.6
      • 3 Games – 46.9
      • 4 Games – 47.2 (T-#47)
      • 5 Games – 47.5
      • 6 Games – 47.8
    • Career Free Throw Percentage
      • Currently #53 (74.6%, 194-260) after starting off the year #108, so sitting outside the top 50. However, making his next 10 straight free throws would tie Pinson with Dave Popson for #49.
    • Career Blocks
      • Current –38 (T-#49 – Walter Davis)
      • 2017-2018 Average – 0.5 BPG
      • 1 Game – 38.5
      • 2 Games – 39 (T-#48 – Joe Wolf)
      • 3 Games – 39.5
      • 4 Games – 40 (#48 – passes Joe Wolf)
      • 5 Games – 40.5
      • 6 Games – 41
    • Career Steals
      • Current – 94 (#53)
      • 2017-2018 Average – 1.1 SPG
      • 1 Game – 95.1
      • 2 Games – 96.2
      • 3 Games – 97.3
      • 4 Games – 98.4
      • 5 Games – 99.5 (T-#51 – Steve Bucknall, Kennedy Meeks)
      • 6 Games – 100.6 (T-#49 – Kevin Madden, Sean May)
    • Single Season Records (2017-2018)
      • Single Season Assists
        • Current – 169 (#31)
        • 2017-2018 Average – 4.8 APG
        • 1 Game – 173.8 (#28)
        • 2 Games – 178.6 (#27)
        • 3 Games – 183.4 (#26)
        • 4 Games – 188.2 (T-#25)
        • 5 Games – 193 (#24)
        • 6 Games – 197.8 (#22)
      • Single Season Free Throw Percentage
        • Current – 82.0% (105-128) (#33)
        • 2017-2018 Average – 4.8 APG
        • 1 Game – 173.8 (#28)
        • 2 Games – 178.6 (#27)
        • 3 Games – 183.4 (#26)
        • 4 Games – 188.2 (T-#25)
        • 5 Games – 193 (#24)
        • 6 Games – 197.8 (#22)
        • Fluctuation will still happen

Luke Maye (Junior)

  • Career Records
    • Career Rebounds
      • Current – 545 (#45)
      • 2017-2018 Average – 10.1 RPG
      • 1 Game – 555.1 (#43 – passes Tommy LaGarde, Isaiah Hicks, David Noel)
      • 2 Games – 565.2 (#42 – passes Dennis Wuycik)
      • 3 Games – 575.3
      • 4 Games – 585.4
      • 5 Games – 595.5 (#40 – passes Danny Green, Rick Fox)
      • 6 Games – 605.6 (#39 – passes Serge Zwikker)
    • Career Three-Point Field Goals
      • Current – 66 (#38)
      • 2017-2018 Average – 1.4 3FG/G
      • 1 Game – 67.4
      • 2 Games – 68.8
      • 3 Games – 70.2 (T-#37 – Bobby Frasor)
      • 4 Games – 71.6 (T-#36– Steve Bucknall)
      • 5 Games – 73
      • 6 Games – 74.4
    • Career Three-Point Field Goal Percentage
      • Current – 42.3% (66-156) (#10)
    • Career Blocks
      • Current – 48 (#43)
      • 2017-2018 Average – 1.1 BPG
      • 1 Game – 49.1
      • 2 Games – 50.2 (T-#42 – Desmond Hubert)
      • 3 Games – 51.3 (#42 – passes Desmond Hubert)
      • 4 Games – 52.4
      • 5 Games – 53.5
      • 6 Games – 54.6
    • Single Season Records (2017-2018)
      • Single Season Points
        • Current – 602 (#33)
        • 2017-2018 Average – 17.2 PPG
        • 1 Game – 619.2 (#28)
        • 2 Games – 636.4 (#24)
        • 3 Games – 653.6 (#19)
        • 4 Games – 670.8 (#17)
        • 5 Games – 688 (#15)
        • 6 Games – 705.2 (#11)
      • Single Season Rebounds
        • Current – 353 (#10)
        • 2017-2018 Average – 10.1 RPG
        • 1 Game – 363.1
        • 2 Games – 373.2 (#8)
        • 3 Games – 383.3 (#5)
        • 4 Games – 393.4 (#4)
        • 5 Games – 403.5 (#2)
        • 6 Games – 413.6
      • Single Season Three-Point Field Goals
        • Current – 48 (#51)
        • 2017-2018 Average – 1.4 3FG/G
        • 1 Game – 49.4 (T-#50)
        • 2 Games – 50.8
        • 3 Games – 52.2 (#48)
        • 4 Games – 53.6
        • 5 Games – 55 (T-#45)
        • 6 Games – 56.4 (T-#41)
      • Single Season Three-Point Field Goal Percentage
        • Current – 44.0% (44-128) (#16)
      • Single Season Blocks
        • Current – 38 (T-#42)
        • 2017-2018 Average – 1.1 BPG
        • 1 Game – 39.1 (#42)
        • 2 Games – 40.2 (T-#41)
        • 3 Games – 41.3 (T-#40)
        • 4 Games – 42.4 (T-#39)
        • 5 Games – 43.5 (T-#37)
        • 6 Games – 44.6 (#37)

Kenny Williams (Junior)

  • Career Records
    • Career Three-Point Field Goals
      • Current – 95 (#29)
      • 2017-2018 Average – 1.9 3FG/G
      • 1 Game – 96.9 (T-#28 – Wes Miller)
      • 2 Games – 98.8
      • 3 Games – 100.7 (#27 – passes Wes Miller)
      • 4 Games – 102.6 (T-#26 – Will Graves)
      • 5 Games – 104.5 (#25 – passes Will Graves, Reyshawn Terry)
      • 6 Games – 106.4
    • Career Three-Point Field Goal Percentage
      • Current – 36.3% (95-262) (#43)
    • Single Season Records (2017-2018)
      • Single Season Three-Point Field Goals
        • Current – 67 (T-#29)
        • 2017-2018 Average – 1.9 3FG/G
        • 1 Game – 68.9 (T-#28)
        • 2 Games – 70.8 (T-#25)
        • 3 Games – 72.7 (T-#22)
        • 4 Games – 74.6 (T-#20)
        • 5 Games – 76.5 (#20)
        • 6 Games – 78.4 (#15)

Cameron Johnson (Junior / 1st year at UNC)

  • Career Records
    • Career Free Throw Percentage
      • Current – 86.2% (50-58) (#1)
    • Career Points Per Game
      • Current – 12.7 (#44)
    • Single Season Records (2017-2018)
      • Single Season Three-Point Field Goals
        • Current – 44 (T-#59)
        • 2017-2018 Average – 1.8 3FG/G
        • 1 Game – 45.8 (T-#54)
        • 2 Games – 47.6 (#52)
        • 3 Games – 49.4 (T-#50)
        • 4 Games – 51.2 (T-#48)
        • 5 Games – 53 (#48)
        • 6 Games – 54.8 (T-#46)
      • Single Season Free Throw Percentage
        • Current – 86.2% (50-58) (#12)

Tune into Carolina’s first NCAA Tournament game against Lipscomb at on Friday, March 16 at 2:45 on CBS to see how these Heels continue to make their mark on the UNC record book.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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I’m a UNC writer for Armchair All-Americans. I grew up in Atlanta knowing that I was going to be the next Maddux or Glavine. Unfortunately, I never hit six feet tall, 4.4 in the 40-yard dash, 90 m.p.h. on the radar gun, or 50 home runs. So I decided to do my sports from my armchair and behind a computer screen. My favorite all-time sports moment? 1992. NLCS. Game 7. Sid Bream. Look it up. Worst sports moment ever? Two words: Kris. Jenkins. I live in the bustling metropolis of Webb City, MO, where ministry is my full-time job. I spend my free time with my beautiful wife, Maggie, and my two children, Pax & Poppy.
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I’m a UNC writer for Armchair All-Americans. I grew up in Atlanta knowing that I was going to be the next Maddux or Glavine. Unfortunately, I never hit six feet tall, 4.4 in the 40-yard dash, 90 m.p.h. on the radar gun, or 50 home runs. So I decided to do my sports from my armchair and behind a computer screen. My favorite all-time sports moment? 1992. NLCS. Game 7. Sid Bream. Look it up. Worst sports moment ever? Two words: Kris. Jenkins. I live in the bustling metropolis of Webb City, MO, where ministry is my full-time job. I spend my free time with my beautiful wife, Maggie, and my two children, Pax & Poppy.

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